MicroVision have announced the completion of their European test vehicle. The retrofitted Jeep Grand Cherokee is registered in Germany, and has been configured and built to demonstrate Microvision’s Mavin range of sensors, notably their new Mavin DR lidar.
The Jeep is scheduled to demonstrate the capabilities of Mavin DR in meetings with multiple automakers over the next several weeks, and MicroVision have successfully completed their second highway test track session focused on high speed testing of its sensor fusion features and Mavin DR; MicroVision CEO Sumit Sharma says “As we close out this week’s second highway track testing session, we can report that we’re very pleased with the outcomes and we look forward to sharing select data in the coming weeks”.
Mavin DR is MicroVision’s fourth lidar hardware variant, and the first to offer a dynamic range, combining short-; medium-, and long-range sensing with respectively varying fields of view in one box. According to MicroVision, the new sensor produces an ultra-high-resolution point cloud showing road surface and non-drivable limits of the road ahead. With its low-latency, 30-Hz point cloud, the Mavin product range allows ADAS and AD systems to significantly decrease their global reaction time at higher speeds. In addition, the newly refined form factor of enables even more flexible deployment options for automakers.
MicroVision are expanding their activities from the U.S. to the European market, as clearly indicated by their foundation of a branch office at Nuremberg, Germany. Under the guidance of this office, the test Jeep with Mavin DR is set up to test the newest lidar sensors in real-world conditions, and to demonstrate capabilities to the European automotive industry. DVN will be keeping very interested eyes on MicroVision’s approach here.